Header image: the aptly named’ Grumpy Gulls’, which I photographed in the window of the Blue Lias Gallery in Lyme Regis: Artist Annette Rydin. Cornish Creature Co.

I’m Alison James, Professor, National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the HEA and accredited facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method. I guess you could describe me as a speaker-writer-adviser-workshopper on things HE and an experienced professional coach. You can find details of my recent activities through the links above. I’ve also just produced a book on a three year study funded by the Imagination Lab Foundation which you can download – free, gratis and for nothing – by clicking on this picture or also via the links above.

engaging imagination.com gets its name from the book I wrote with Professor Stephen Brookfield  Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers. Though the book came out in 2014 you can still access information and companion materials for it on this site.

It’s a book very dear to my heart which paved the way for the international edited collection I published with Dr Chrissi Nerantzi The Power of Play: Creativity in Tertiary Learning. It collects over 40 examples of play in higher education internationally and shows that play can be at the heart of advanced learning in almost any context. It was published by Palgrave MacMillan in early 2019 and is available as an e-book and hardcover copy. By December 2019 chapters from our book had been downloaded 13,871 times in 26 countries. And then this…

UPDATE! We are delighted to announce that as of January 2022 there have been over 36,000 downloads of The Power of Play in HE

Power of play hardback photo

In turn, The Power of Play in HE fired my enthusiasm to find out more about how educators in universities and equivalent tertiary institutions were using play for teaching, learning and scholarship. This is how The Value of Play in HE came to be. You can find out what I found out here.

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  1. Hi Alison! I am Exec Director of CIRCE–the Centre for Imagination in Research Culture and Education at SFU in BC, Canada. I also created and run the imaginED blog–would love to chat!!! Love your work and would love to share it with the world! (Gillian Judson)

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